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BBC Radio legend breaks silence after presenter exits & TV stars joining show

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RADIO host Zoe Ball has broken her silence after a mammoth shake-up at BBC Radio 2 saw a string of presenters exit the show.

Showing her support for the new hosts brought in to replace the major stars, Zoe, 53, took to social media to welcome former Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness and actor Michael Ball to the team.

Zoe shared her support for the new stars on social media

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Zoe shared her support for the new stars on social mediaCredit: Getty
Zoe shared her support on her social media

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Zoe shared her support on her social mediaCredit: INSTAGRAM @ZOETHEBALL

Zoe, who has hosted on BBC Radio 2 for five years, headed to Instagram to share her message of support.

Alongside a photo of Paddy and his new show, she penned: “Welcome, Bolton massive.”

Michael, 61, takes on Steve Wright’s Love Songs following the host’s sudden passing earlier this year at the age of 69.

While Paddy, 50, will be the star of a brand-new show that airs on Sundays from 11am to 1pm.

The Top Gear star first presented on the station last year when he was covering pop quiz Ten To The Top while Vernon Kay was doing a marathon for Children In Need.

Michael said of his new role last week: “Steve made Love Songs ‘appointment to listen’ radio. I’m beyond excited and more than a little nervous to be tasked with the chance to continue with his extraordinary legacy,”

“Beautiful, moving, relaxing and uplifting music to lift the soul on a Sunday morning, coupled with the stories, suggestions, requests and precious memories from you, the listener, will ensure that this won’t be just MY show, but OUR show.”

Talking about his new gig, Paddy said: “To be given my very own regular show on the legendary Radio 2 is a dream come true.”

The comedian’s arrival will see a reshuffling of the Sunday programmes, resulting in Michael Ball’s show moving to an earlier time.

It follows a chaotic time for the radio station, after Zoe’s Breakfast Show was removed from air last week during her normal slot.

Radio 2 chaos as Zoe Ball ‘removed from air’ – with fans baffled as BBC legend takes over her show for an hour

After returning to the show following the heartbreaking news of her mother’s cancer diagnosis, she was nowhere to be found last Thursday.

Instead, viewers were greeted with the voice of BBC legend Tony Blackburn, who took over the breakfast show as part of a stunt to celebrate 60 years since the launch of Radio Caroline.

The BBC said: “Tony has just taken over the controls in the studio and is now broadcasting live on Radio 2, playing just 60s tracks like he played to listeners all those years ago on Radio Caroline.”

Michael Ball will be the new host of the Love Songs show on Radio 2

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Michael Ball will be the new host of the Love Songs show on Radio 2
Steve Wright died in February

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Steve Wright died in February
Paddy McGuinness secured a new gig on Radio 2

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Paddy McGuinness secured a new gig on Radio 2
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